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City Council Minutes

September 30, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 30, 2002, in City Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Cleveland L. Rippons called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Bohlen, Watkins, Weldon, Atkinson and Travers.

Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Historic Preservation-Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Preservation Commission met on September 19, 2002 to discuss the following cases:

  • 1007 Locust St. - Mr. David Thatcher's requests to re-roofing the house and garage and re-siding the garage with cedar shake shingles were approved. His request to remove a chimney on the back wing of the house was not. He agreed to build a support in the attic to support the chimney from the outside and remove the remainder of the chimney inside.
  • 419-421 Race St. - Ms. Corrine Mitsak's requests to re-roof and re-side on the back addition to her property were approved unanimously.
  • 1001 Locust St. - Wendy Norene's requests to replace a metal shed and install a stockade fence in the backyard were approved.
  • 308 High St. - Colleen Curran-Bromwell requests will be discussed at a later meeting after further discussions with her contractors.
  • 503 Race St. - Gene Skinner's request for her tenant to install a sign was approved.
  • 310 Belvedere Ave. - Jonathan Dodge's requests to build a screen porch on the back of his house (replacing a deck), replace a fence, and repair the walkway were approved.
  • 500 Race and Muir St. - Daniel Swafford's issues were postponed. The Commission will meet with work with the Swaffords so the building will re-gain its original profile.
  • Proclamation for Crime Prevention Month-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation and Mayor Rippons signed it. 

APPOINTMENTS

Public Hearing - Amend the Development Standards of the PWCD to Eliminate the Requirement of the Public Walkway Along All Waterfront Projects and to Reduce the Height Restrictions in the PWCD and PWRD-Rob Collison said the public hearing to amend the City's Zoning Code.  The public hearing was advertised in the Daily Banner on September 13, and 20, 2002.  The first change will delete and eliminate the requirement of a public walkway of any type within the PWCD binding upon Cambridge Creek.  The second change would reduce the permitted height of any buildings within the PWCD to 75 feet and for any PWRD that would be located within or binding along Cambridge Creek.  The Hyatt Resort is in a PWRD but it would not apply to that property or any other property that does not bind upon the Creek.  Jim Michael said Planning and Zoning will discuss these changes during their meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2002. 

Joe Brooks, J. M. Clayton Company, supports the amendment to do away with the riverwalk requirements in the PWCD.  He questioned the height limitation of 135 feet in the PWRD.  Rob Collison said this would be for a tower structure.  Joe Brooks questioned why it would be different from the PWCD.  Rob Collison said the amendment would make them consistent.  Joe Brooks said he feels some consideration should be given to neighboring properties where the elevation starts. 

Commissioner Weldon said he believes somewhere in the PWCD ordinance there is a reference to an Architectural Review Board.  David Pritchett said there used to be an Architectural Review Board for the main street; however, it was eliminated 3 or 4 years ago.  Rob Collision said what Mr. Brooks was referring to was if he constructed a 75-ft structure on his property, it would appear 10 feet shorter than the 75-ft structure on the next property if you didn't use sea-level or some other standard. 

Commissioner Weldon made a motion to close the public hearing.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Rob Collison said Council will deliberate and render a decision next week.

Laura Weldon to Request Permission to Hold Christmas Parade On Saturday, December 7, 2002 Starting at 5:00 pm-Mrs. Weldon is Chairperson of the Cambridge Dorchester County Christmas Parade.  She thanked the City for their incredible support of the Christmas Parade.  The Committee is requesting permission to hold the 55th Christmas Parade on December 7 at 5:00 pm following the traditional parade route.  The Parade Committee will be doing television ads on WBOC during the end of October and November and the first week of December.  Their purpose is to expand the promotion of the parade to make it more of a Delmarva Peninsula event because it is the State's largest Christmas Parade.  Each year the City of Cambridge contributes $800 toward expenses.  This year the funds will help pay for the advertising.  Mrs. Weldon is asking permission to use the City seal at the bottom of the advertising.   Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant Mrs. Weldon permission to hold the parade.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant permission to have the City seal used on advertisements.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Mayor Rippons thanked Laura Weldon for her efforts.

David Pritchett said all the annual events, such as Dorchester Showcase, have gotten bigger.  The vendor-type activity at Long Wharf has tripled or quadrupled and they have inadequate electrical supply.  Using the Property Maintenance budget, he is asking for permission to install an actual power supply box to accommodate these uses.  Council did not have a problem with DPW installing the electrical supply.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Second Reading of Ordinance to Eliminate Riverwalks in the PWCD and Restore Height Limits to 75 Feet in the PWCD and PWRD Binding Upon the Cambridge Creek-This was discussed during the public hearing.  Rob Collison said Council will have another reading next week in light of Planning and Zoning's recommendation.

Recommendation to Award Contract for Furnishing and Delivering One New Trailer-Mounted 25‑Cubic Yard Vacuum Leaf Collector-David Pritchett provided Council with a tabulation of the three bids that met specifications.  Two other bids issued by E. S. Hubbert did not meet specifications.  They recommend the low bid of $21,895 being awarded to Old Dominion Brush in Richmond, Virginia.  They met or far exceeded the specifications and the price is well below what was budgeted.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to award the contract to Old Dominion Brush.  Commission Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Decision on Disposition of Old Parking Meters-David Pritchett said there were approximately 60 parking meters remaining.  There are three people who would take whatever quantity they could get.  At least half of the remaining meters are non-functional.  Mayor Rippons suggested keeping a few meters for historical purposes.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to proceed with David Pritchett's recommendation retaining a reasonable number for our own archive.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Discuss Arts & Entertainment District Resolution-Rob Collison said once the City elects to designate and apply for an Arts & Entertainment District designation by the State and it is accepted and recognized, the three types of abatements and credits are automatic.  The Council has very little discretion except with the duration of at least one, and possible two of them.  The credits are as follows:  (1) abatement of the admissions and amusement tax for 10 years which would only apply to visual and performing arts; (2) the income tax subtraction whereby qualifying artists get to deduct from their income revenue derived from the sale of their art product for a period of 10 years; and (3) the property tax credit (for improvements) which was approved for a period of 6 years at 100% with no phase-in.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the resolution.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss Changes to Employee Manual-Odie Wheeler provided Council with two documents on two separate issues.  The first issue deals with identification badges for City employees similar to what the County is using.   Certain City employees go out into the field and residents are concerned because they are not identified as City employees.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the expenditure necessary to provide the badges for the employees.   Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Mayor Rippons noted that the work would all be done in-house.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Ed Kinnamon said the second issue is to extend casual Friday whereby the employees wear a polo shirt with a City logo.  Several citizens have complimented him on the "uniforms" and some employees have asked if it can be done year round.  The Department Heads have recommended that the policy be extended.  Mayor Rippons questioned why the departments would purchase additional shirts.  Ed Kinnamon said the additional shirts would be for the winter.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion that the policy be approved provided they have the money in their current budget.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Resolution for The Wellness Community - Delmarva-Ed Kinnamon read the Resolution to approve a project to support The Wellness Community - Delmarva. The non-profit organization has applied to the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval of the project and an allocation of tax credits for business entities that contribute to the project under the Neighborhood Partnership Program.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the resolution.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 2604 Charrette Corporation, LLC ($6,850) for Large Format Copier for DPW-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Ed Kinnamon said the City received a letter from Jubilee Christian Fellowship Church thanking the presence of the City at their service earlier this month.  They are holding a conference at the end of October and would like permission to attach a banner between the poles at the intersection of Market and Academy Streets.  David Pritchett said that DPW has never attached a banner in this location and will investigate this further. 

Ed Kinnamon said Tim Marshall submitted two items to be referred to Planning and Zoning.  The first request is on behalf of Dr. William Montague who is requesting to subdivide his property on Dorchester Avenue.  The second request is a subdivision of a four-acre parcel belonging to Fred Robinson of Robinson Warehouse. These will be put on the November Planning and Zoning agenda.  The City also received a request for rezoning for a parcel on Route 16 for an elderly care facility which will be handled through the comprehensive rezoning over the next several months.

Commissioner Travers made a motion to meet in closed executive session following the meeting to discuss a personnel matter.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Rob Collison reported that Council met in closed executive session at 6:30 pm to discuss legal issues.  There will be a public hearing next Monday night at 7:00 pm to discuss the submission of the development plan for the Deep Harbour Project.  This will be discussed and the Planning and Zoning Commission on October 1ST at 7:00 pm.

Corrine Mitsak said she believes a request came in last week to reserve a parking space in front of Craig's Drug Store for loading and unloading and she thought there were specific hours mentioned.  The next day DPW painted the curb and put a sign up and it is for 24 hours so they have lost another parking place.   David Pritchett said the sign is the only one they had and it says "loading and unloading".  The information given to him from Craig's was that the primary time use would be from 10 pm until midnight but then they did realize they did have some times of delivery at earlier hours.  He asked for Council's guidance if they want to limit it to just evening.  Mayor Rippons asked if Mr. Kelly could be present to discuss the matter.  Commissioner Weldon said there is the possibility that they could make it a loading and unloading spot but not dedicate it to any one business.  Corrine said all the businesses load and unload their many deliveries in the rear.  She said there is no parking in front of her building for the fire hydrant and the next spot is no parking because it is handicapped.  Then there are two spaces and then the one that is loading and unloading.  In November Mr. Molock comes in and takes one of the two.  David Pritchett said there is parking on the side of Ms. Mitsak's building.  He said they have not limited the space to just Craig's.  There will not be a conflict during the hours Craig's really needs the space.  Commissioner Weldon suggested that representatives from the downtown businesses come before Council to discuss this further.  

Wendell Foxwell commented on the high weeds behind Hubbard's Pharmacy.  Commissioner Atkinson said he is taking care of it.  Mr. Foxwell said the old trailer next to the lot is an eyesore and should be removed.  He also questioned flagpoles across the street with no flags.  Mayor Rippons said they do not have jurisdiction over District Court.  Mr. Foxwell commented on the dumpster near the Arcade Apartments and no work is being done.  Commissioner Weldon said they are pulling out old flooring from the damaged parts.  He saw them working today.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:49 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 30, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer